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Mapleview Farm, Orange County
Elizabeth Friend / WUNC

Multiple storms struck more than a half dozen counties in the central part of the state Friday, causing damage to hundreds of houses and commercial structures, but causing no deaths or serious injuries.

Jeff Tiberii / WUNC

Governor Roy Cooper issued his first veto of the calendar year, and a leading Republican figure announced he will walk away from his post. Becki Gray and Rob Schofield discuss the Governor's veto of a late-term abortion measure, as well as the departure of Dallas Woodhouse, during their weekly review of state politics.  Other topics include two new Court of Appeal judges, and a major teacher rally in the planning stages.

Kindergarten students TT Askew, Alicia Garcia Elvira, Haylen Lovelace and Mercy Nelms are students in Jakeli Swimmer's Cherokee language and culture class at Robbinsville Elementary.
Liz Schlemmer / WUNC

Marty Richardson was in high school when he started a deep dive into the history of his people:  the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe. He emerged from dusty library archives with the epiphany that his ancestors spoke Tutelo-Saponi, a language that had since nearly disappeared. 

Austin McCombie and Sarah Osborne McCombie storytelling with strings and songs about North Carolina.
Courtesy of Kendall Atwater

Chatham County was once best known for its rabbits. The wild animals were so plentiful in the region at the turn of the 20th century that thousands were shipped out as cash crops each year. This piece of forgotten North Carolina history is just one story of many that inspires the new folk duo Sarah McCombie and Austin McCombie. 

WUNCPolitics Podcast
WUNC

North Carolina House majority leader John Bell IV (R-Wayne) joins this edition of the podcast to discuss recent legislation, the current power dynamic with the Governor, and a special Congressional election. He also looks ahead to another major teacher rally planned for next month, and even offers his all-time hunting foursome.

An image of Nina Simone
Jack Robinson / Getty Images

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz tells us about her love of Nina Simone's 'Wild Is The Wind.'

N.C. Department of Transportation
N.C. Department of Transportation

The state transportation board has approved grants that will help provide safety improvements to six North Carolina airports.

An archival photo of Phyllis Schlafly
Wikimedia Commons

Suffragists first introduced what became the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to Congress in 1923. The amendment would guarantee equal legal rights for all citizens, regardless of sex.

Michael Kasino

The American Issues Initiative’s new documentary “Rigged: The Voter Suppression Playbook,” wants to alarm people. It shows the myriad tactics that states, including North Carolina, used to suppress citizens’ right to vote leading up to and during the 2016 election.

“Many people don’t understand that a whole series of laws have been passed in over 20 states with the intent, and effect, of making it more difficult to vote,” says Mac Heller, co-executive producer on the film.

Eric Mansfield
Eric Mansfield

A former North Carolina legislator says he's seriously considering a U.S. Senate run next year and formed an exploratory campaign committee.

Christina Koch
N.C. State University / NASA

A NASA astronaut will spend nearly a year at the International Space Station, setting a record for women.

"Lassie Come Home" / MGM

Something in your eye? It’s not your fault, some movies are simply designed to be tearjerkers. On this installment of Movies on the Radio, The State of Things heard from listeners about the films that got the tears flowing.   

UNC System interim president Bill Roper, left, announced Tuesday that Dan Gerlach, right, will serve as ECU's leader.
East Carolina University

A former budget analyst at the North Carolina Legislature and adviser to the governor is now the interim chancellor at East Carolina University.

Electric vehicle fuel costs are about one third the amount a conventional car spends on fuel in North Carolina.
Wikimedia Commons

State Sen. Jim Davis said more electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids means less money for North Carolina roads.

The rubble after an explosion destroyed the downtown Durham building.
City of Durham

Exactly 58 minutes before a deadly explosion in downtown Durham, a driver called emergency personnel with the alert of a "very strong gas smell."

A Duke Energy worker restores power after a storm.
Duke Energy

State senators from both parties say bonds could save utilities customers money when it comes to paying for recovery from major storms like Hurricane Florence.

N.C. Zoo

The North Carolina Zoo says a 46-year-old chimpanzee has died after 35 years as the dominant female of her group.

Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

On April 15, 2018, a tornado plowed through east Greensboro damaging more than 1,000 buildings and leaving more than 20,000 households without power. One man died as a result of the event after a tree fell onto his moving car. One year later, many of the once-displaced residents have found their way back home, but three schools remain closed.

A photo of a black hole.
Event Horizon Telescope / Creative Commons http://bit.ly/2V1EgIv

The rallying cry of fake news has seeped into the world of science. Some politicians and pundits — like Donald Trump — call climate change a hoax, and a number of individuals loudly oppose the evidence behind vaccines.

a photo of Belle Boggs
Barbara Tyroler

What happens when an atheist poet decides to direct a school for Christian writers? That question begins Belle Boggs’ debut novel, “The Gulf” (Graywolf Press/2019).

North Carolina Republican lawmakers could soon reach their first legislative showdown with Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper since his party increased House and Senate seat totals during the last elections.

Duke University freshman standout Zion Williamson, pictured here after being named the 2019 winner of the Citizen Naismith Trophy.
GoDuke / Duke University

Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft.

Widely projected as the top overall pick in the June draft, the AP national player of the year announced his decision Monday.

Beto O Rourke
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

The corner of Elm Street and McGee Street in Greensboro was filled with supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.

A boarded window on the front of a house in Wilmington after Hurricane Florence.
Jason deBruyn / WUNC

A federal agency is reimbursing a North Carolina city for the cost of cleaning up after Hurricane Florence.

File photo of NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

The North Carolina Republican Party's executive director says he won't seek the job again when a new chairman is elected by party activists in June.

Chris Brook
ACLU

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday that he has chosen the top lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union in North Carolina and the Democratic governor's chief prison administrator to fill two vacancies on the state Court of Appeals.

Courtesy of Nadia Orton

When Nadia Orton’s kidneys were failing, she sent letters to friends and relatives in the hopes that someone could be a donor or help defray the cost. Orton’s great-aunt Philgradore responded with money from her church. So a few years later, when Aunt Phil asked on her deathbed that her family not be forgotten, Orton knew she had to find a way to honor her ancestors. The problem was that she didn’t know who they were, or where to find them.

power lines
Chad Cooper / Flickr, Creative Commons, https://flic.kr/p/eA3Cr6

Low income households face a dual challenge when paying energy bills. Older homes tend to be less efficient, and energy costs eat up a greater percentage of the household's income.

Flooding caused by Hurricane Florence
N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Revised environmental permits mean new requirements for hog farms in flood-prone areas of the state.

Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence.
White House

Melania Trump and Karen Pence will get an up-close look at the military's special operations capabilities when they visit Fort Bragg Monday.

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